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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3086        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 178


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Matthew A. Beaton


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act regulating the sale of malt beverages.






Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Donald Humason


Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3086        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 178

By Mr. Beaton of Shrewsbury, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 178) of Matthew A. Beaton and others relative to the sale of malt beverages.  Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act regulating the sale of malt beverages.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Chapter 138 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting at the end of Section 15 the following subsection:-

              (a)              Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any licensee with or without an onsite brewery and holding a valid license for off-premise consumption of malt beverages shall have the right to sell malt beverages for off-premise consumption, provided however,

              (b)              that all malt beverages shall be dispensed in non-clear glass bottles of 64 ounces in volume;

              (c)              provided further that a deposit may be charged per bottle; and provided, further, that

              (d)              the bottle in which the malt liquor is dispensed shall be sealed by the licensee and shall abide by all federal and state standards for appropriate warnings and labels;

              (e)              and provided, further, that all sales of malt beverages from the vendor for off-premise consumption shall be accompanied by a sales receipt with a time stamp that indicates time of purchase; and provided, further, that;

              (f)              malt beverages dispensed in accordance with this subsection must be consumed off the premises; and provided, further, that;

              (g)              sales of malt liquor in accordance with this subsection may be made during normal business hours but not between the hours of 9pm and 11am; and provided, further;

              (h)              in order to dispense malt beverages in accordance with this subsection, the vendor shall obtain written authorization from the manufacturer of malt beverages and;

              (i)              said authorization may be revoked at any moment if the vendor violates the terms or any additional terms added by the manufacturer within their agreement;

              (j)              a Bottle Exchange Program must be implemented so only professionally cleaned growlers are filled when exchanged for used ones;

              (k)              80% of the taps in any retail location must carrying products of Massachusetts Breweries.

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